Have you been at your job search for a while and still have not gotten hired?  Many job candidates scratch their head, wondering why they continually get passed over for positions.  Unfortunately, the reasons why you might be passed over, steam from these common mistakes:

  • The number one reason most job candidates do not get hired for a position, is due to their resume. More than 50% of all candidates do not tailor their resume for the job they are applying for, while a staggering 62% of all candidates do not meet the basic requirements of the posted job.  Make sure that you review and study the job description, before applying for a position.  A hiring manager is more likely to review a resume meets the job requirements, and you will stand out from the crowd if you take the time to tailor the resume to fit the job description.
  • While job hopping is becoming more popular and more normal, than in years past, it is still not looked at favorably. If you are someone who has had a lot of jobs in a short period of time, it would be beneficial for you to be more descriptive on your resume.  For example, if you left one job for another because you were given more responsible, make sure that is shown.  Showing accomplishments is another way to showcase your talents and less emphasis on the short job periods.
  • Many candidates feel that if they have been out of work for more than three months, they stand less of a chance in getting hired. While many hiring managers do look at the time gap between your last position, it is not as critical.  The key is to remain active in your industry during this time.  Whether you took time off to care for a family, or are having trouble finding the perfect job, make sure you reflect how you are active during this time.

Many job candidates make these common mistakes and do not get hired.  Make sure you avoid these reasons for not getting hired.

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